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NFL Week 12 PFF ReFocused: Seattle Seahawks 23, Philadelphia Eagles 17

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf (14) attempts to leap over the tackle of Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Darius Slay (24) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Carson Wentz’s trainwreck of a season continued, and the Philadelphia Eagles fell to the Seattle Seahawks, 23-17. Despite his defense holding Russell Wilson and Co. to two touchdowns and making multiple key stops on the night, Wentz was only averaged 3.8 yards per pass attempt — the fifth-lowest in a game this year — before a garbage-time heave to the end zone fell into the hands of Richard Rodgers, saving Wentz’s otherwise awful stat line. 

Thanks to the disaster that is the NFC East, the Eagles somehow still have life in the division race even with a paltry 3-7-1 record on the season.

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Story of the Game

The Seahawks reigned victorious in the battle of the birds in spite of Wilson having a rather pedestrian outing. He completed 71% of passes for 230 yards but only had one touchdown, the fewest he has had in a game outside of his goose egg against the Rams two weeks ago. Wilson was, however, exceptional when he needed to be, completing all seven of his passes on third down for 90 yards. 

The offense as a whole was ineffective, as the running game had one of its worst performances this season. Carlos Hyde carried the rock 15 times but gained a miserable 22 yards on the ground. Chris Carson fared much better, taking his eight attempts for 41 yards and a power plunge into the end zone. 

It was the D.K. Metcalf show in the receiving game. He hauled in 10 receptions for 177 yards, with eight picking up first downs. He also had a bad drop in the end zone that would have resulted in an even more stellar outing. 

On the flip side, the Eagles continued their poor offensive play with Wentz under center. His interception seemed to be a miscommunication with the receiver rather than a bad read or throw, but he continually missed throws that he shouldn’t. Wentz was sacked six times, but not all of them were on the offensive line. He held the ball too long on multiple pressures/sacks on the night.

Jason Peters struggled in his first game at right guard, allowing four QB pressures, including a hit and sack. Head coach Doug Pederson abandoned the run early in the first quarter, so Miles Sanders and Boston Scott had quiet nights on the ground.

Rookie Watch

Only three rookies saw 20-plus snaps for either side. After being thrust into the starting center role last week against the Cardinals, Damien Lewis was able to return to the comfort of his right guard position tonight. On over 30 snaps in pass protection, he allowed just two QB pressures, though one resulted in a sack. Receiver Freddie Swain was on the field for 21 offensive snaps but failed to record any targets or receptions. 

For the Eagles, only first-round receiver Jalen Reagor garnered significant playing time. He caught three receptions for a measly 11 yards, but the poor performance was not all his fault. Of his seven targets, only three were charted as catchable.

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